LHP Brett Oberholtzer (1-0) was the key for the host Oklahoma City RedHawks (21-18) in their 6-2 win against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (18-19).
Oberholtzer, who was recently sent down from the Houston Astros, tossed seven shutout innings in Monday's game, while fanning nine Sky Sox batters against just five hits and one walk.
His excellent outing was accompanied by some slugging from the RedHawk offense. The RedHawks' Jon Singleton, Gregorio Petit, and Domingo Santana all smacked solo homers off Sox pitching, including back-to-back homers in the seventh from Singleton and Santana.
Facing threat of getting shut out for the fourth time this season, the Sky Sox started a little rally in the top of the ninth, when 1B Kyle Parker scored off of a single from C Jackson Williams. SS Drew Garcia tacked on another in the next at-bat when he grounded out to score DH Ben Paulsen. But RHP Rhiner Cruz buckled down to get the final out, a force out from 2B Angelys Nina, and give OKC its first win of the series. The Sky Sox had won four consecutive games against the RedHawks.
LHP Yohan Flande (0-6) got the starting nod for Colorado Springs and was solid in his sixth start of the season. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the second, and allowed just one run through five innings. Trouble hit in the sixth C Max Stassi hit a one-out triple to right and scored on a double to left from Petit. The RedHawks tacked on two more runs.
Flande finished with six innings, four runs (three earned) on nine hits, while striking out one and walking one. It was Flande's third quality start in his past five starts.
Williams was the lone Sky Sox to record a multi-hit game. He finished 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.
Petit, Singleton and Santana each had two hits for the RedHawks.
Both teams will be back in action at 10:05 a.m. (MT) Tuesday in the series finale. The Sky Sox will send RHP Christian Bergman (3-1, 4.06 ERA) to the mound to clinch the Sox' second consecutive series win. RHP Jake Buchanan (2-3, 3.89) will toe the rubber for the RedHawks.
- 1B Kyle Parker and CF Jason Pridie each extended their hitting streaks to nine and seven games, respectively.